Karachi, July 12, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the federal government was creating unnecessary hurdles to delay Rs276 billion Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) Project. This he said while presiding over a meeting on KCR here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister Transport and Information Syed Nasir Shah, Chairman P and D Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Transport Raheem Soomro and other concerned officers.
The chief minister was told that the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting held under the chairmanship of the federal minister had cleared the project but in the post-CDWP meeting a member superseding the federal minister raised some unnecessary objections which the provincial government has addressed. On this the chief minister expressed his displeasure and said, he was assured by the federal government that the ECNEC meeting would be convened shortly but sofar no such meeting has been convened. Contrary the provincial government has been bogged down in CDWP games.
The chief minister was also told that the anti-encroachment operation launched to clear the right of way of KCR has been stopped. The DS Railways Karachi has written a letter to DC Central to stop the operation because he could not look after the cleared right of way. Therefore, the operation has been stopped.
The chief minister expressing his displeasure said that these were tactics to keep the KCR out of CPEC. He directed Transport Minister Syed Nasir Shah to talk to federal railway minister. “If their DS or other officers cannot look after right of way of KCR then its possession may be handed over to Sindh government – we would look after it,” he said. The chief minister also directed Syed Nasir Shah to restart anti-encroachment operation on the KCR route. “I am issuing directives to commissioner Karachi and the police to vacate the route,” he said and added “I am committed with the people of Karachi that the work on KCR project would start by the end of this year so I cannot back out from my commitment,” he said.
This chief minister said that he would never allow any delaying tactics. “Today (Thursday) I would write a DO letter to federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to urge him call ECNEC meeting to approve the KCR project and would also ask him to stop the CDWP member(s) from striding over the federal minister’s decisions by raising unrealistic objects,” he said. It may be noted that the KCR project to cost Rs276 billion and it has 43.2 km long route.
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